Urban Crossover

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Urban Crossover is a research and advocacy unit that aims to use these two concepts as tools to brings issues on housing to the forefront, to engage people in dialogue, and to spark innovative solutions to address the issue of homelessness.

 
 
 
 

Urban Crossover 20 cities

A program designed to study the gap between income and housing affordability and what it would take to put the poorest families in the most affordable homes.

Mumbai           Bangalore           Kinshasa           Moscow

 
 
 
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   Chakra    A concept to reverse the flow of people from rural to urban places.

Chakra

A concept to reverse the flow of people from rural to urban places.

   First impact    Interactive exhibition of bB's work in the first 15 months.

First impact

Interactive exhibition of bB's work in the first 15 months.

   New Dharavi    An international research competition to redevelop the slum in Dharavi, Mumbai.

New Dharavi

An international research competition to redevelop the slum in Dharavi, Mumbai.

   Homeless bus    Design concept of how unused buses and parkings lots can provide the homeless with mobile shelters.

Homeless bus

Design concept of how unused buses and parkings lots can provide the homeless with mobile shelters.

   A home for everyone    A discussion addressing the value of ‘a home’ and the need for better design solutions for the homeless.

A home for everyone

A discussion addressing the value of ‘a home’ and the need for better design solutions for the homeless.

   Palita's photo research    Photo research and documentation of slums and homeless in Mumbai.

Palita's photo research

Photo research and documentation of slums and homeless in Mumbai.

   Pecha Kucha    A dialogue on new ideas on design, housing and architecture. 

Pecha Kucha

A dialogue on new ideas on design, housing and architecture. 

   Leafhopper photo research    Leafhopper, a Spanish studio researched Singapore housing conditions.

Leafhopper photo research

Leafhopper, a Spanish studio researched Singapore housing conditions.

   Tough solutions    An event to mark the launch of weatherHYDEs.

Tough solutions

An event to mark the launch of weatherHYDEs.

   Urban X    A 6-month research plan on how to respond to India's call to end homelessness by 2022.

Urban X

A 6-month research plan on how to respond to India's call to end homelessness by 2022.

   Extreme living research    bB team documented on living conditions of the homeless in Indian cities and in post-earthquake Nepal.

Extreme living research

bB team documented on living conditions of the homeless in Indian cities and in post-earthquake Nepal.

   Art wall project    A volunteer program with 50 of DBS staff to paint murals with homeless children.

Art wall project

A volunteer program with 50 of DBS staff to paint murals with homeless children.

   Build your neighbourhood    A volunteer program to create art with children on imagining their homes and surroundings. Partners: Macquarie

Build your neighbourhood

A volunteer program to create art with children on imagining their homes and surroundings. Partners: Macquarie

   Singapore sustainability walk    A 3 hour walking tour of Singapore that explores what makes it a sustainable city of the future. Partners: Singapore Science Centre, Impact Hub

Singapore sustainability walk

A 3 hour walking tour of Singapore that explores what makes it a sustainable city of the future. Partners: Singapore Science Centre, Impact Hub

   Design un-thinking workshops    Corporate and student workshops to hack business problems and learn a new working methodology. Partners: Arup, Sephora

Design un-thinking workshops

Corporate and student workshops to hack business problems and learn a new working methodology. Partners: Arup, Sephora

  App to map the homeless   A geolocation-based app to map the homeless along with city services and their places of work.

App to map the homeless

A geolocation-based app to map the homeless along with city services and their places of work.

 
 

bB studio

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bB Studio is a design and innovation studio that works with key stakeholders to provide scalable high-quality shelter and infrastructure solutions.

 
 
 
 

Smile village

Sovanna used to live in unsafe slum housing with her two children. They had to spend most of their time at the doctor's due to health issues caused by their living situation, and Sovanna was scared to let her children use the local playground because of the risk of malaria. Smile Village has made it possible for her children to spend their time studying and playing in safe, healthy, and inspiring environments. Learn more

 
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   Village school   Sumba, Indonesia  A scalable prototype providing a new learning environment through sustainable design in climatically sensitive regions.

Village school
Sumba, Indonesia

A scalable prototype providing a new learning environment through sustainable design in climatically sensitive regions.

   Etania green school   Sabah, Malaysia  An unconventional school building that floats above shipping containers, providing seamless proximity to nature.

Etania green school
Sabah, Malaysia

An unconventional school building that floats above shipping containers, providing seamless proximity to nature.

   Sustainable model village   Konchur, India  A project introducing strategic interventions and investments that are self-scalable to guide development.

Sustainable model village
Konchur, India

A project introducing strategic interventions and investments that are self-scalable to guide development.

   Day & night shelter for boys   Mumbai, India  A flexible and comfortable day & night space with customized movable furniture for a multipurpose space.

Day & night shelter for boys
Mumbai, India

A flexible and comfortable day & night space with customized movable furniture for a multipurpose space.

   Serangan redevelopment   Bali, Indonesia  A set of urban development strategies and catalytic interventions to revive alternative living villages.

Serangan redevelopment
Bali, Indonesia

A set of urban development strategies and catalytic interventions to revive alternative living villages.

   Hope home   Bangalore, India  An innovative building to meet the basic needs for its residents, allowing them to have a place they can truly call 'home'.

Hope home
Bangalore, India

An innovative building to meet the basic needs for its residents, allowing them to have a place they can truly call 'home'.

 

HYDE

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HYDE are the scalable and replicable high-quality solutions designed by the bB studio. They are made accessible to vulnerable communities globally by billionBricks. Our approach adapts with the needs on the ground, to assure our solutions are accessible by everyone while creating ownership and pride.

 
 
 
 
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weatherHYDE is a life-saving shelter that protects the vulnerable from extreme weather & offers women and children privacy and a safe space.

Product info            Setup guide            Setup video

 
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Gift a weatherHYDE to the homeless and displaced through one of our programs: HYDEdonor, HYDEraiser or HYDEwarrior. You can also buy a weatherHYDE for your own recreational use - for every weatherHYDE you buy, one will be provided to a homeless family somewhere in the world. 

 
 
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The world's first carbon positive home designed for the homeless to lead us into an energy-independent world. It produces four times the amount of energy it needs for itself, generating income for the families who own them. Each structure collects 100% of its rainwater, cleans its own waste, and grows its own food. Learn more

 
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The first powerHYDEs are currently being built in Math Jalgaon, India, and in Tacloban, the Philippines, and are expected to be finished by the end of 2018.  

 
 

Future HYDE solutions

 
 

podHYDE

A semi-permanent housing unit with WiFi designed to reactivate and ‘forgotten’ urban spaces. Its versatility allows it to be used as shelter or as communal spaces to reintegrate the urban areas it occupies into the rest of the city.

 
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weatherHYDE +

A bigger and modular version of the original. Currently under design and expected to be on the market by the end of 2018.

 
 
 
 

showerHYDE

 A women-centric shower tube for privacy in exposed living conditions. Currently under production and expected to be on the market by the last quarter of 2018.

 
 
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urbanHYDE

A program matching the homeless to vacant housing in cities, enabling them to co-own these homes on a long-term basis.